How Can I support my Local Charity?
By Simon Hoare – CEO of Acts Trust
There are three simple ways that you can support your local charity:
- Donations of goods or money
- Spread the word about the work they do
For many of us, responding to a need or a crisis that we either become aware of or witness firsthand feels like the right thing to do, but we don’t always know where to start or how to connect with a good cause that addresses the problem we’ve seen.
Some of the key questions we ask ourselves are:
- How do I make sure that any support or donations I make will support people locally?
- How do I make sure my support donations actually make a difference?
Some great places to start if you want to find out what is happening in your local areas and which charities are doing good work are:
- Ask your local volunteer centre
- Ask your local district council
- Ask local people themselves (including your own friends, teachers, GPs…)
This includes empowering local people to become part of the solution to local problems.
That means, we believe we can all have a part to play in addressing the needs in our City.
Let’s think about how this can be done, using the three ways to support a local charity above.
How can I Volunteer for my local charity?
If you feel you have time to give, volunteering is a great way to get involved in supporting a local project or charity. At Acts Trust we talk about two types of volunteering role:
1. Engine Room Volunteers
These are people who fulfil roles that make the work possible using their skills and abilities in really practical ways. They may not always been seen, or connect directly with the people who we are supporting, because they are putting up the graft and turning the cogs to keep the engine running.
Examples are; van drivers, admin volunteers, social media gurus, warehouse workers, food donation sorters.
Engine Room volunteers are worth their weight in gold – taking care of the core functions of a charitable project.
2. Front Facing Volunteers
These are people who connect with the people we are supporting face to face, who have great relational skills and enjoy connecting with others. They may even have lived experience of the challenges that people face, or feel able to give time to share the journey with others for a while.
Examples are; mental health support volunteers, peer mentors, Foodbank distribution centre volunteers, youth workers, support group volunteers, programme coaches.
Front facing volunteers are on the frontline of our work, making connections count and moments matter.
The key to volunteering is a having willingness to get involved, learn and having a passion for using your own skills and abilities to make a difference in the lives of others.
Would you consider volunteering your time to make a difference locally?
How can I Donate to my local charity?
Not everyone has time to spare to volunteer on projects. If that’s you, that doesn’t mean you can’t be Empowered to End Poverty. Many projects rely on the donations of local supporters and by giving a financial gift, you are empowered to make a difference.
One off gifts are a really helpful way to respond to a specific campaign that a charity runs, whereas a regular monthly donation enables a charity to budget well from month to month and to cover all their project running costs.
As a local charity, giving to Acts Trust is a great way to use your finances to make a difference to local people and to play your part in ending poverty. We don’t only alleviate poverty but we also work hard to prevent it too, supporting young people and providing support programmes that address root causes and wider issues. We also support people facing a mental health crisis.
We would also love to connect with local businesses who want to support their local community.
Would you consider giving a one-off or regular donation today?
How can I Spread the Word about my local charity?
A great way to support a local cause like Acts Trust is to shout about it!
This can be done very easily. Firstly, make sure you follow the social media accounts of the projects you support. Secondly, you can repost and share anything that they publish on these sites, to help spread the word.
You could also offer to raise awareness of a good local cause at your workplace, place of study or place or worship. For example you could offer to place an Acts Trust poster or donation point in your staff room or reception, or even have a food donation point set up.
If you would like to support in this way, we’d love to hear from you!